Getting their hands dirty for a cause

NSPCC staff - including some from Blackpool - taking part in the Krypton Factor Assault Course to raise money for the charity
NSPCC staff - including some from Blackpool - taking part in the Krypton Factor Assault Course to raise money for the charity
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This team of charity workers aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and take on a tough challenge for a cause they believe in.

Four staff from the NSPCC in Blackpool, along with colleagues from other areas in the North West, took part in a Krypton Factor-style assault course to raise vital funds to support vulnerable children and young people.

They completed the challenge in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales – featuring 20 obstacles such as the climbing wall, Queen Mary rope swing and the illusion jump, as well as a slog through muddy water, mud and more mud before crawling, running, climbing, swinging, balancing and jumping over more energy-sapping stations.

The team from the NSPCC’s Blackpool Service Centre, on Plymouth Road, were: Annette Algie, projects coordinator, Nicole Appleby, projects coordinator, Cheryl-Marie Hole, administrator and Judith Moore, administrator. Jim Egan from Cleveleys, Marie Montgomery, from South Shore and Chris Algie from St Annes, also took part.

The whole team finished the course in just 29 minutes 50 seconds and achieved a score of 140 out of 200.

Cheryl-Marie Hole, administrator in Blackpool, who is from North Shore, said: “This is the first time I’ve done anything like this before. I was expecting a tough challenge and it certainly was that.

“It was fast-paced but lots of fun at the same time. There was a great atmosphere and I’m really pleased I took part. I feel bruised and battered, but it was all worth it.”

Another participant Nicole Appleby, project coordinator in Blackpool, added: “The assault course was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and totally exhausting.

“It took every ounce of strength to overcome each obstacle.

“But the pain was worth it to raise money to help the NSPCC protect children who need our services.

“I will definitely be taking on the assault course again – once I have recovered.”

The team managed to raise £912 so far through sponsorship from friends and family, which will go towards supporting the charity’s services for children and young people.

To sponsor the NSPCC team’s efforts, visit or text SCFT90 £2 to 70070.

For more information about supporting the NSPCC locally, visit